• PMO Portfolio Manager

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(22/11/2019 10:27)
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    Information Technology
  • About Costain and your project.

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.


    We are currently recruiting for a PMO Portfolio Manager within our Business Systems Group (BSG) team based in Maidenhead. BSG delivers the Digital Core IT solutions that support corporate departments, contracts and clients.

    What will I be doing?

    Working within the BSG Project Management Office (PMO), you will be responsible for coordinating and managing resource plans against project demands. You will play a key role in managing resources to deliver the portfolio of BSG projects to high standards of predictability, performance and service. BSG project teams apply ITIL and Agile methods and Oracle, Microsoft or 3rd party platforms to rapidly deliver value. You will become familiar with the skillsets of the teams within BSG to come up with creative resource options, including coordinating with key 3rd party suppliers. Depending on demand, you will also be assigned to manage projects or client engagements for part of your time.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Maintain the resource plan tool showing the forward view balancing supply and demand for BSG staff
    • Work with the BSG PMO, other portfolio and resource managers, architects, and BSG managers to gather the best forecast of future resourcing and demand for new and current projects
    • Using strong inter-personal skills, you will build relationships with all the BSG team - both at Maidenhead and remotely – to understand individuals’ skillsets, strengths and aspirations to apply to a rounded view of best fit for project roles
    • Working with department managers, you will support them to plan for future skills and capacity needs for their teams, building forward training and development plans
    • Maintain a roster of 3rd party suppliers of key skillsets, sourced through Costain procurement processes, and manage ongoing relationships to ensure rapid deployment to Costain projects where needed
    • You will apply your experience and Costain Way tools to highlight and manage risks associated with resourcing
    • You will manage assigned projects to deliver outcomes and value while meeting cost, time and quality demands
    • You will contribute to the BSG PMO team to support continuous improvements of methods, tools and techniques.

    About you

    • Organised and disciplined, a strong coordinator, comfortable using Excel and similar tools for planning
    • Effective communicator, strong inter-personal skills and ability to persuade
    • Problem solver who is positive and calm under pressure
    • Comfortable working with technology specialists and customer-focused and pragmatic in their approach to delivery
    • Curious about people, and skills trends in the IT market
    • Desirable: demonstrated experience in a similar role in a Professional Services environment
    • Desirable: previous experience as an IT Project Manager

    Final Statement

    We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme. 


    At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


    We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.


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